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Gassenhauer (from Ger. Gasse: ‘alley’ and hauen: ‘to hew or beat’, ‘to walk’)locked

  • Peter Branscombe


A German street song or urban folksong. The term ‘Gassenhauer’ occurs in a musical context as early as 1517 (Aventin: ‘Gassenhawer that are played on the lute’) and in a title in 1535 (Christian Egenolff's Gassenhawerlin). Hans Sachs mentioned the Gassenhauer along with other types of song (psalms, songs of love and war etc.) in the preface to a conspectus of his poems in ...

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Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
H. Kretzschmar: Geschichte des neuen deutschen Liedes (Leipzig, 1911/R)